Open Source is for beginners too!
Here’s a fun fact: people learn best by doing. So if you’re eager to learn to program, contributing to open source is a great way to gain experience while also making a positive impact on the world.
While it may seem like setting up your own project would be the most beneficial way to get started, in reality, most people find that collaborating with others yields more learning than working alone.
This is because when you work on something with others, there’s always someone who knows more than you do about something whether it’s related or not, and can help guide your learning process towards areas where you need improvement or have questions about how things work behind the scenes. Additionally, since few people are born experts in their field (even if they look like one), everyone starts out as a beginner at some point so don’t worry if you need guidance from someone else!
You don’t have to be a programmer to contribute to open-source projects. There are hundreds of ways you can contribute, and your contributions may not even involve writing code. You could help out with documentation, testing, or design tasks too.
If you do decide to dive into coding for the first time, chances are that you will meet some really great people along the way who will become your new friends. And what better way to make friends than by collaborating on an exciting project? The open-source community is filled with welcoming people who will help you get started!
If you want to level up your skills and build an audience, open-source is the way to go.
There’s never been a better time to get started with open source. It’s an ecosystem that values contributions regardless of age or background, and one where you can make connections that last for years. You’ll learn new skills, build an audience and maybe even find new mentors along the way. Anyone who is interested in tech should give open source a try you won’t regret it!
If you are a web developer, data scientist or aspiring to be either one of the two then you can check out the following open source projects:
Also, it’s Open Source month at Codum! Keep posted for our Open Source project by and for beginners — feel free to join, it’s Open Source, anyone is welcome!